The Art of Civil Action – Political Space and Cultural Dissent

Edited with text by Philipp Dietachmair. Text by Andrew Barnett, LLorenç Bonet, llya Budraitskis, Giuliana Ciancio, Milena Dragicevic, Pascal Gielen, et al.

Civil society around the world increasingly deals with global questions and starts to assume transnational forms of organization. The arts can play a key role in addressing public and political problems, with their ability to project alternative realities and communicate ideas. Looking at different artistic platforms, activist groups and new forms of citizen initiatives, this book asks how cultural and art initiatives can question and strengthen the civil domain; how their approaches put the ‘art’ of civil action into practice? Which strategies and forms of organization can such initiatives use in order to sustain their activities and increase their local influence and global significance? Social scientists, cultural theorists, activists and artists explore how arts and culture can offer the building blocks for a locally rooted civil society in a globally connected context.

Editors: Philipp Dietachmair & Pascal Gielen
Contributors: Andrew Barnett, LLorenç Bonet, llya Budraitskis, Giuliana Ciancio, Philipp Dietachmair, Milena Dragicevic, Pascal Gielen, Max Haiven, Stefan Kaegi, Ivan Krastev, Thijs Lijster, Tomislav Medak, Borka Pavićević, Yudhishthir Raj Isar, Werner Schiffauer, Igor Stokfiszewski, Hakan Topal
Design: Metahaven
Series: Antennae/Arts in Society

2017, Valiz with European Cultural Foundation,  ARIA/Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, Culture Commons Quest Office | paperback | ca. 288 pp. | 21 x 13,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-39-8

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